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    Looks like tirerack.com has the 2020 Corvette in its configurator already. You can even select the Z51 package.

    Looks like a set of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires will set you back about $1436 just for the tires alone. I paid $1,000 for 4 runflat tires for my Infiniti Q50 so this doesn’t sound too horrible. However, tirerack doesn’t say anything about these being runflat tires. Is there another version of this tire that I should be looking at?

    There is a specific note that these tires can become compromised in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So what does everyone do during the winter with these tires? Do you switch them out for all season compound tires? How are they going to deliver the Z51 cars in January when most of the country can see temps below 20 degrees Fahrenheit?

    Did C7 Z51 cars have this same cold weather limitation? How do you all manage it?

    what is the standard tire for the non Z51 C8 cars? Will those tires be less expensive?
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    Actually it's 40 degrees unless they have changed.I replaced mine with A/S Michelins. Some people take them off and replace each season back and forth. I have to have my car everyday. Looks like I can't get MAG RIDE or NPP with the Stingray . So to get those options I'm gonna have to buy a Z51 and spend MORE money to get A/S tires so I can drive the car all year round. We should be able to get the tires we want. I don't go back and forth from season to season too much of a hassle and storage space. The originals go where ever the tire sends them. More expense for me.
    Last edited by WWR; 07-26-2019, 11:07 AM. Reason: Spelling

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    • #3
      If they’re not available with what I want I’ll just get another set of tires & wheels like a currently has , but I agree with WWR, we should have a choice..
      A thought if I might ...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WWR View Post
        Actually it's 40 degrees unless they have changed.
        Here is what the note says.

        ”Note: Tires exposed to temperatures of 20 degrees F (-7 degrees C) or lower must be permitted to gradually return to temperatures of at least 40 degrees F (5 degrees C) for at least 24 hours before they are flexed in any manner, such as by adjusting inflation pressures, mounting them on wheels or using them to support, roll or drive a vehicle.

        Flexing of the specialized rubber compounds used in Max Performance Summer tires during cold-weather use can result in irreversible compound cracking. Compound cracking is not a warrantable condition because it occurs as the result of improper use or storage, tires exhibiting compound cracking must be replaced.”
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        • #5
          Great ALS tire picture, and also specs thanks to C8 Jake for the entry car’s tires and wheels.

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          • #6
            I think the tires for the C8 are brand new, bespoke tires, and likely not yet available to Tire Rack or anyone else. The 4S tires have been available for a while, but I believe not as runflats.

            I bought a second set of rims, used, and mounted A/S tires on them for late fall through early spring.

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            • #7
              Talking about pricing . !436 is really not that bad for these tires. I have always beat Tirerac pricing at Discount Tire by mentioning their advertised price , INCLUDING MOUNTING, Which you have to pay for when purchasing at Tirerac.

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              • #8
                Given my recreational preferences (see avatar) naturally I've been checking out the prices for good street-legal autocross tires, e.g. the Bridgestone RE71-R's.
                • Fronts are $275 each
                • Rears they don't have correct size yet, but the 295/30-20's go for $355, so maybe $365 for 305/30-20's?
                That would be $1280 for a set. Which lasts about 2500 - 3000 miles depending on the track surfaces you typically run on. Yes, the lust for lateral G's can drain the wallet. Plus taxes if applicable, shipping, and mounting & balancing at a decent shop.
                Last edited by Klinn; 07-26-2019, 09:43 PM.

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                • #9
                  Any thoughts on what a dealer would charge to replace the standard Z51 tires with AS at delivery?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Classic-Chevy-Guy View Post
                    Any thoughts on what a dealer would charge to replace the standard Z51 tires with AS at delivery?
                    I imagine every single person north of the Mason Dixon line who takes delivery in January will have to do this, right?

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                    • #11
                      Yep if they use the car. 40 degrees was the limit on the tires that came with my '15 Z51

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                      • #12
                        Thank God I live in South West Florida....I think it looks good for using the Z51 pkg and summer tires which is what is standard with Z51....

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                        • #13
                          I plan on wearing out the z51 tires before the winter freeze begins to hit the following year..if not ill mount up as3 non runflats and at the end of winter...ill slap whats left of the summer only performance tires back on for the rest of their life...

                          im all for ultimate tire performance but not being aboe to use without cracking tire sidewalls is a bit of a pain in the butt...

                          i might buy dedicated snow tires and wheels down the road if Im not happy with the traction in snow on the all seasons ..

                          i buy z51 for a lot of reasons...and if I had the option to pay a little extra for all seasons from the factory i would...

                          im ok with .96 lateral g ‘s versus 1.03 lateral Gs..

                          id imagine year tow or three gm will offer all season tires on all models of the c8 standard stingray z51 or not...

                          the wheels and tires are the same size...so it should be a no brainer for those of us who daily drive in cold weather climates...

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                          • #14
                            The C8 Z51 Tires are NEW & Designed especially for the C8 ( 3 new compounds )
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                            • #15
                              If they dont crack in the cold weather Im good...for me the c7 z51 tires cracking in use with temperatures below forty degrees seemed a bit over the top for me to use all year round...

                              im ok with buying a second set of tires for the winter yet if I didnt have to do that as a daily driver used for quite a few months below 40 degrees that would be preferred...

                              i dont mind a lack of adhesion in cold temperatures but cracking tires due to use in temps below 40 degrees is a bit extreme...

                              just shooting the breeze...ill deal with whatever the general decides to do...or rather use on the z51

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